The Open Casket of the Spiritually Dead

The Open Casket of the Spiritually Dead

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When we go to funerals, what is the atmosphere like? It could go either way. For believers, there may be some grieving, heartache, but there is also rejoicing. Rejoicing in the fact that the one who passed on, is present with the Lord. On the contrary, for unbelievers, it's a nightmare. Weeping, sobbing uncontrollably, anxiety, depression fills the atmosphere. Hope has been sucked out, like life in the body that lays before swollen eyes. See the contrast between the two? 

On December 5th, 2017, a porn star hanged herself in a public park, 20 minutes from her home.. Another image bearer of God is gone and I wonder how many times her videos have been played since. It's sick to think of, isn't it? You're probably thinking, "why would someone view porn videos of a person who is dead?" "where is the sympathy?" "That is sick and twisted!" This thinking process is valid. But let me ask you, do you think when you view porn online with people who are alive physically is better? No, it's not. You are essentially viewing funerals of spiritually dead people.

Ephesians 2:1a says, "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins." Spiritually dead people who are taking something sacred, which is the marriage bed, and defiling it right before your eyes for your pleasure. "Where is the sympathy?" The passing of this porn star should be a wake up call for anyone who is still caught in the confines of porn. Every time someone clicks on porn, they are essentially opening a casket of a lost, spiritually dead soul and viewing it for their own selfish pleasure [click-to-tweet]

"For the wages of sin is death" Romans 6:23a. Death, physically and spiritually. This is the sad reality of those who are not in Christ. John 14:6, says "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." If this porn star who committed suicide last week did not turn from her sin and put her faith in Jesus Christ, to put it bluntly, died in her sin. I will not make that certain judgement because I did not know her personally, but this is the standard for everyone. This should be a sobering reminder for believers and if you are an unbeliever, this should be eye opening moment.

This is a wake up call for anyone reading this. That porn star we view on our screens are lost souls who need the love of Christ, not our lust. They need the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God to "remove the heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh" Ezekiel 36:26. Until that day, believers, we must forsake the sin of lust and turn back to Christ who is the end-all-be-all. We must pray for these porn stars who are trapped in this industry. We must stop viewing open caskets of spiritually dead, and lost souls, and we must get down on our knees and pray for them. No one is out of reach for our God. He is the Alpha and Omega, no one is too far gone for Him. Close the caskets, beloved, and start praying for Lazarus moments in the porn industry.  

7 Scriptures To Help You Walk in the Fear of the Lord

7 Scriptures To Help You Walk in the Fear of the Lord

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One of the most valuable attributes the Christian can have is the fear of the Lord, but what is it exactly? And how does one get it? In this exposition I want to share 7 Scriptures on this valuable treasure. Let me just say that Holy Writ is exhaustive on this topic so I will not be able to cover it all, but hopefully this will serve as a tool to help you dig into an essential doctrine of the Christian faith.

  1. We have to begin with the Proverb from King Solomon, son of David. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭ Here we have the foundation of all wisdom. If anyone desires to be wise, they must have the fear of the Lord.
     
  2. Again, one might wonder how they can obtain this treasure and quite simply: it must be taught to you. The Holy Spirit, through His servant-king David tells us: “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” Ps. 34:11‬ ‭In order to be taught, we must be teachable, willing to learn and understand that as much we think we know, we have much more to learn; only to discover we truly know nothing as we should.
     
  3. Jesus teaches us the fear of God as well: “"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” Luke‬ ‭12:4-5‬ ‭Typically when one thinks of the fear of God, it’s in reference to reverential fear- but this is another element to consider.
     
  4. The LORD declares through His Prophet Isaiah that He ought to be the object of the people’s fear: “"It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.” Isaiah‬ ‭8:13‬ ‭No need to fear man. No need to fear the future. Only fear God.
     
  5. Apostle Paul uses the Greek word “phobon” to describe what Scripture calls “the terror of the Lord.” “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” 2 Cor.‬ ‭5:11.
     
  6. We have such great confidence and reassurance when walking in the Fear of the Lord. The Psalmist again tells us, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.” Psalms‬ ‭34:7‬ ‭The fear of the Lord is a hedge of protection, a refuge that shields us from the evil one. I’m sure this is why Job was always protected, because he feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:2).
     
  7. Fearing God and hating evil go hand-in-hand.“By loving-kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.” Prov. 16:6‬ ‭To fear God is to know God and to know God is to love God and to love God is hate evil, especially our own.

“IT” is Sin

“IT” is Sin

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Recently, the reboot of Stephen King’s “IT” released and took the nation by storm as it was #1 in the box office, and I admit that I contributed to this by seeing it (no pun intended).

According to IMDb, “IT” is a shape-shifting demon (I agree with this notion), while others have said “IT” was merely a man. First and foremost, let me just say that this post is not an endorsement or a recommendation to watch the movie, but if you decide to see it or already have, there’s no judgment here.

IT in a Nutshell

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.”

Pennywise was left to reign in the sewer grates in the city of Derry for hundreds of years until some kids chose to stand up.

Now for a moment let’s picture this demon-clown as being the sin that so easily ensnares us.

Are you allowing sin to reign in our life, or by the power of the Spirit, do we put it to death?

As the citizens of Derry allowed this creature to feed off the fears of helpless children, the body count went up and once it had its fill, it would retreat for next 27 years.

The Nature of Sin

Here is the nature of sin: it desires to reign in your body and even more so, kill you. As Christians, we cannot afford to turn a blind eye to sin, but it is the daily duty of every Believer to kill our sin nature or else, we will die (Rom. 8:12).

Matthew Henry once said, “It is the pleasing, and serving, and gratifying, of the flesh, that are the ruin of souls; that is, the second death.”

The Remedy for IT

  1. We are to “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16).
  2. “Put on Christ” (Rom. 13:14).
  3. “Put no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3).

Are you allowing sin to reign in your life? Let today be the day you also take a stand, and kill sin before IT kills you (again, no pun intended).

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A Great Christ For My Need

A Great Christ For My Need

Sin separates. Our ancestors Adam and Eve enjoyed perfect fellowship with God until sin crept in. The serpent beguiled Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in which she convinced Adam to do the same and from that point on. . .

The Danger of Masturbation

The Danger of Masturbation

It is from these very words above (of the apostle Paul) that advice may be taken to further explain a matter which according to some, the Bible apparently makes no reference - that of undisclosed and unaccompanied indulgence, or quite simply masturbation. . .

Why I Don't Want to Be Porn-Free in 2017

Why I Don't Want to Be Porn-Free in 2017

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As the end of the year approaches, many people have resolutions in place striving to be a different person they were the year before. For others, however, it serves as a reminder of some of the people or things they may have lost, but for the porn-addict, it provides a sense of hope. Let me first say, that there is absolutely nothing wrong with desiring to be porn-free—that is actually a good thing—but I just wanted to share three potential dangers of what can happen when we place our hope in resolutions:

 

We can become ensnared by our words.

Are we striving to be porn-free because of our own resolution or because of the desire to please the Lord in all of our ways?

As born-again Christians, our aim should be to live a life pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our inward man delights in the law of God and we hate the sins that remain within us, producing much suffering. It is also important to understand we are still flawed; we do not always keep our vows. Therefore it is better to not make an oath to the Lord than to do so and not keep it (Eccl. 5:5). Not only have I experienced it, but I have heard many say they will not "fall" again, only to stumble in a moment of weakness. We swear to ourselves, others and to God that that time will be the last and we truly strive hard to ensure that happens; but we must ask ourselves, are we striving to be porn-free because of our own resolution or because of the desire to please the Lord in all of our ways?  Bizzle said in his song "My Confession," “We spit about the sin that we overcame, it’s easy to talk about your past crime, but what about the one you’re still on today, but last week you said it was the last time?” The agony felt after a fall can be immense, because we trusted in our word rather than trusting in the finished work of Christ. [click-to-tweet] New Year’s resolutions are profitable for many things, the fight against sin isn’t one of them.

We fail to see the enemy’s strategy in regards to temptation.

While studying the Gospel of Luke, I seen just how persistent the devil is when it comes to temptation. It is understood that we have evil desires within us (James 1:14), but we are also at war against the powers of darkness who work tirelessly to deceive and destroy us. In the Gospel of Luke we see how Scripture tells us “when the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time” (Lk. 4:13). Matthew Henry said Satan had “emptied his quiver.” The enemy exhausted every temptation possible and fell short of his goal since he did not have anything in our Lord, but that still did not stop him from trying. However, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect standard, therefore January 1st will not stand against the devil’s fiery darts. Rather, we must stand on the Word of God or the “Sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17) just like our Lord did.

We risk losing sight of Christ’s finished work on the Cross.

I mentioned this briefly on one of my other points but I feel that it is important for us to meditate on what Christ did for us on Calvary over 2,000 years ago. Indwelling sin can cause us to doubt whether if we have truly been redeemed but the fact that there is a struggle (let the reader examine if this is true in their life) is an indicator we have been born again. Before Christ, we were dead in trespasses and sins, haters of God and without hope in the world; but the Lord laid down His life and purchased us with His own blood (Matt. 20:28). He destroyed the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) and more importantly He satisfied the wrath of God in order that our fellowship may be reconciled to our Heavenly Father (Rom. 5:9). He has completed the work all by Himself, so to place our hope in January 1st is to trust in our own works. It is Christ who makes all things new, not the New Year. In Him we have new mercies every morning so every day is “Day One” for us, we do not have to live by a system where we have to count the days that we’ve been free when He has already set us free once and for all (Gal. 5:1).

Again, I want to reiterate that there's nothing wrong with resolutions in themselves, only when we place your hope in them. Therefore, work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12) while resting in the sufficient grace of Christ Jesus. No matter what day it is, in the words of Steven Lawson, “we fear God, follow Jesus, flee sin and fight Satan.” 

I don't want to be porn-free in 2017, I want to be porn-free every day as I strive to live a life that honors and glorifies my Savior. Let us all resolve to do just that.

 

Why #iHatePorn

Why #iHatePorn

Grace and peace family! 

As WRAP Week and our #iHatePorn campaign comes to a close, I just want to take the time out to thank everyone who participated in the event. I totally understand how uncomfortable it is to share your struggles with others online opening ourselves up to ridicule to those who do not believe, but be of good cheer because those who put their trust in Christ will not be up to shame (1 Pet. 2:6). God will have the last laugh.

In the spirit of transparency I'm going to share a specific time of testing with you all. God has blessed me with a great job. The president of the company along with the other employees I work with see me as "a praying, Christian man" in which I strive to glorify God in how I work (Col. 3:23). So this past week as I sat at my desk, I had this "unusual" strong desire to view pornography on my work computer. I work at the front desk in my office with two other people sitting behind me, but lust is irrational so it does not care about the risks you take, it just wants its desires fulfilled. By God's grace and His Spirit working in me, I did not take the bait; I passed the test. Check this out though guys: THE VERY NEXT DAY, our IT Department came to our site to check our PCs, apparently our system was attacked by the Ransomware virus so I was a bit anxious because I did not want to be responsible for it in any way. My PC was clean. My conscience was clear. But I couldn't stop thinking about "WHAT IF!" What if I would have compromised? It was at this point that 1 Peter 2:11 became clear to me. I realized that sin is looking to destroy me and everything I hold dear to me. 

God has blessed me with a lovely wife and our beautiful twins, as a husband and father it is my obligation to provide for them as I keep Christ as the Head of my life; although I fail at this at times. There is too much at stake and I realize that I have a lot to lose: my job, my witness would have been tarnished giving those who do not believe an occasion to blaspheme the way of truth all for a desire that can never be satisfied. This is why #iHatePorn! My God hates it and if I desire to hate it, I must be able to see it from His perspective. This is my prayer for you as well my brothers and sisters. 

#SALUTE

"The grand mischief that sin does to man is this, it wars against the soul; it destroys the moral liberty of the soul, it weakens and debilitates by impairing it's faculties; it robs the soul of its comfort and peace; it debases and destroys the dignity of the soul; hinders its present prosperity, and plunges it into eternal misery." -Matthew Henry


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The Heart of God Over Porn and Why We Almost Shut it Down

The Heart of God Over Porn and Why We Almost Shut it Down

I can recall when God Over Porn first started I was praying about wanting to make a change in regards to the effects porn has had within the lives of Believers. Let me just start off by saying I did NOT know how widespread this sin is among the Church

IN RECENT NEWS: Anthony Weiner Being Investigated for Allegedly Sexting a Teen

IN RECENT NEWS: Anthony Weiner Being Investigated for Allegedly Sexting a Teen

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IN RECENT NEWS

Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner who announced his resignation in June of 2011 is under investigation for allegedly sexting a teenager.

According to federal investigators, Anthony Weiner was allegedly sending inappropriate texts to a 15 year old girl that also included pornographic videos, and texts requesting her to undress and to touch her, FBI sources say.

Last Wednesday, Anthony Weiner made this statement to NBC News:

I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent,” the statement read. “I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt. While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position. I am sorry.

This isn't the first time Anthony Weiner has found himself in a sexting scandal. As a matter of fact it is his FOURTH scandal and comes less than one month from his previous scandal.

Join us in praying the Lord would grant him repentance and that he may see his need for a Savior, and others that are in bondage to sexual sin.


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The Fly Society Interview Featuring Jarrad Miller

The Fly Society Interview Featuring Jarrad Miller

"Jarrad Miller is the guy, the founder, the visionary, the heart behind the ministry, God Over Porn. This ministry was birthed out of the pain that he and his wife experienced because of a pornography addiction. So, he’ on the show with us to talk about this ministry and this very real problem that affects so many Christians and their families. Tune in!"

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